Mary: Inspiration and Challenge

Mary 1” As a Lutheran, who hadn’t come across Mary much before coming to St Chrysostom’s,  I was comforted to hear the passage from Martin Luther encouraging us to follow Mary’s example…”

“The passage from Elizabeth Johnson encouraged me to look differently and see a gritty, down to earth woman.”

“I was struck by words from the Visions of St Angela of Foligno emphasising the power of Our Lady’s humanity, and so how this is an inspiration to us humans to see the power of our humanity”

“The Armenian song in honour of Mary was sung so wonderfully. It was exquisite.”

“I loved the passage in Bring flowers of the rarest ‘As long as the bowers are radiant with flowers’ which reminded me of the blossoming of the hawthorn in the west of Ireland in May when this hymn is so often sung”

“The passage from St Cyril of Alexandria reminded me of the beauty and humility of God, in the everyday scene of  Mary holding Jesus’ hand and ‘leading him along the roads ‘ and he looking up into her face…”

 Those were a few thoughts from different people who came to ‘Mary: Inspiration and Challenge’ – music and readings in honour of Our Lady, which we held at St Chrysostom’s on July 3rd. 

M D U 1Afterwards, inspired by Nicola Slee’s poem: What every Marian devotee needs in her handbag we invited people to offer suggestions for a Marian devotee’s handbag on a ‘show and tell’ table. What a lovely variety of offerings we had, ranging from a Mary pen to a Our Lady of Racamadour snow globe, from a luminous rosary, to a sprig of rosemary.


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2 Responses to Mary: Inspiration and Challenge

  1. Fr Jonathan Rhodes says:

    Hi Fr, have you a running order for this event. I am hoping to do something with my congregation, who are in still very suspicious of anything Marian, and this may fit the bill. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers, Fr Jonathan

  2. The Smiling Pilgrim says:

    An absolutely amazing servant of God.

    Blessed be Mary amongst all woman.

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